Bears pick up the 3 points at Beeston
Plucky Beeston give Bears a good game
Beeston Broncos v Sherburn Bears 28/11/15
Sherburn travelled the short distance down the M621 to take on Beeston Broncos on a cold windswept and rainy Saturday afternoon in Leeds. Despite having already beaten the Broncos 62-14 at home earlier this season in the cup, they did have a number of players missing and they were expected to be a tougher proposition on their own pitch.
The pitch as you would expect was a bit of a quagmire following the heavy rain that we have been enjoying of late, this looked to suit Beeston with their large pack, however as the Bears have proved already this season size in the forwards isn’t always the deciding factor in who comes out on top in the battle to control the middle of the park. The Bears gang tackled in numbers with some brilliant work coming from Captain Ray Boyes as well as Sam Booth, Connor Jordan, Lewis Booth and Johnboy Fenwick all helping to stop the Broncos attempt to get a roll on, in the reverse however the Bears looked to play the ball as fast as they could and were soon making good inroads into Beestons half, a dropped ball from Beeston following a great hit in defence from Ronnie Roebuck saw Sherburn on the attack in Beestons half and sure enough good passing left to right from Lewis Booth to brother Sam saw block busting second rower Fenwick blast over for the first score of the game conversion duly added by Connor Jordan to put the Bears 6-0 up with 5 minutes gone.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to capitalise again as again Beeston lost the ball in possession and again the Bears punished them with Fenwick scoring his second in exactly the same manner as the first, no conversion this time but 10-0 up with just 8 minutes played. Beeston though showed that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers and having singularly failed to break the Bears line with a tackle bust it took a deft chip over the top from their influential stand off to open up Sherburns defence for a score in the corner, no conversion but the score now stood at 10-4 with 15 minutes gone.
This score from the home team sparked the Bears into life and with Sam Booth, Connor Jordan and Ronnie Roebuck pulling the strings Sherburn shifted from 1st to 2nd gear and took control of the game for the remaining 25 minutes of the half, tries from Dec Lewis and one from Jordan Richards saw Sherburn finish the half 22-4 up. Half time from coaches Kev Jordan and Steve Frost was about controlling the ball and not making too many handling errors in what was basically atrocious conditions in the driving wind, rain and mud. Sherburn took to the field and continued to dominate with great carries from Martin Jackson, Lewis Booth, dan bottomley, Bryn Watson and Mikey Dalton keeping the visitors on the front foot, whilst behind these metre makers the schemers in fullback Ben Pugh, half’s Sam Booth, Connor Jordan, Hooker Daniel Johnson and loose forward Ryan Roebuck continued to pull the strings.
Second half scores soon followed for Richards with his second, Roebuck with a well taken brace, Fenwick made it 4 with two more second half scores whilst centre Rob Culshaw chipped in with 3 goals to take the final score to 54-4 as the referee finally gave up the ghost in terrible conditions and called time 8 or 9 minutes early. Best on the day was the JP Plant Hire man of the match Ronnie Roebuck, the gifted loose forward who has been in excellent form this season had another brilliant game demonstrating the full range of skills with and without the ball. Second place went to block busting centre Fenwick who again proved to be far too powerful for the home side to live with. Third place went to 80 minute prop Lewis Booth who worked himself to a standstill and was a huge influence in getting his side around the park. Supporter’s man of the match went to hooker Jaffa Johnson who was excellent in both his defence in the middle of the field and also his distribution of the ball around the ruck. Top tackler was shared this week between Captain Ray Boyes and mercurial stand-off Sam Booth with 28 tackles each, Lewis Booth just 1 behind with 27.